Debra Lynn Dadd

Facial Brown Sun Spots: Non-Toxic Natural Remedy?

QUESTION:

With all the various cosmetic companies out there, and with all the chemicals in the products. I was wondering if anybody had run across :

1) A cosmetic line that they found to be effective and good for MCS people.

2) A specific product or home remedy that has worked well for brown sun/age spots on the face. I have tried lemon juice, but it seemed to worsen the situation.

Would appreciate hearing your experiences, input and recommendations!

Thank you very much.

POSTED BY P :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/22/2006 3:56 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Readers...?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I've heard Kojic Acid and Azelaic Acid works. I haven't turned to it yet. My brown spots are so strong, I just use the prescription chemical products, but I would think if your problem isn't too bad, one or both of the above should be sufficient.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: See this page at skincareRx.com for some skin bleaching products containing kojic acid and explainations of skin bleaching ingredients.

POSTED BY LEE :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 10/03/2006 3:54 PM


Kojic acid can be helpful. I've had great results with RE9 from Arbonne.

POSTED BY PAM :: THETOTALYOU :: WWW.THETOTALYOU.MYARBONNE.COM :: WISCONSIN USA :: 10/03/2006 4:59 PM


I have been using Miessence Certified Organic Rejuvenating moisturizer. The brown spots, from sun and pregnancy, have not gone away completely, but I feel better using a product that has no harmful or synthetic chemicals. My skin feels soft and glows from the rich organic ingredients.

I am curious to hear what others think and use.

Warm Regards,
Susan Loughrin

POSTED BY SUSAN LOUGHRIN :: :: WWW.ORGANICSYES.MIONEGROUP.COM :: MI USA :: 10/03/2006 11:30 PM



I have personally had great results from two products that Arbonne carries, one is a detox tea, it has helped reduce age/liver spots all over my body, I have also experienced some great results by using the RE9 eye cream on my age spots on my face, kojic acid is used in the eye cream, eliminates the appearance of wrinkles around eyes too!!

POSTED BY C. ABERNATHY :: :: WWW.HEALTHBEAUTYANDWEALTH.MYARBONNE.COM :: GEORGIA USA :: 10/06/2006 6:15 AM


Hi,
I use the Miessence Rejuvenating Facial Serum which I absolutely LOVE. The Carrot Seed oil is a good ingredient for the brown/age spots.

The reason why I like this serum is it is full of amazing herbal ingredients that are well recognized for treating ageing skin conditions; rosehip seed oil and carrot seed extract to mention a few.

There are no parabens or other chemical ingredients, this is a Certifed Organic to food grade product.

This is a very intensive serum because of this, I cannot say for absolute certaintly that a person with MCS will be fine using it as everyone has their own sensitivity level. (they do have a 15 day return policy)

Rosehip Seed Oil is used to reduce the appearance of scare and facial lines, and prevents the signs of premature ageing.

Carrot Seed Oil is excellent for improving the appearance of wrinkled, sun damaged and mature skin. Using carrot seed oil helps to imporve tone and elasticity to the skin, creating a firmer, fresher appearance.

Ingredients
Organic rosehip (rosa rubiginosa) seed oil, organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) seed oil, organic avocado (persea gratissima) fruit oil, organic safflower (carthamus tinctorius) seed oil, organic geranium (pelargonium graveolens) essential oil, organic lemon (citrus limonum) essential oil, calendula officinalis flower C02 extract, carrot (daucus carota) CO2 extract, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) leaf extract, organic rose (rosa damascena) essential oil.

I recommend this book as a good resource to look up ingrdients.
A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter M.S. 6th edition which was published in 2005.

This is what she says about Kojic Acid: A skin lightener produced from a fungus. (Aspergillus oryzae) Kojic acid works by blocking the formation of pigment by the deep cells on the skin. It is used to counteract age spots, pregnancy marks, freckles as well as general skin pigmentation disorders of face and body.

I belive based on what Ruth Winters says in her book a product with Kojic Acid would be more like a cosmecutical and what she states in her book is that many of the products that are in this catagorey (cosmecuticals) are against the law and should really be regulated like drugs.

I really encourage you to get this book if you want to learn morea about this. Personally, I think using a product like a cosmecutical is not something I would take lightly.

Regards,
Erin

POSTED BY ERINELY :: ELY ORGANICS :: WWW.ELYORGANICS.COM :: OREGON USA :: 10/10/2006 5:03 PM


My body chemistry is very sensitive. I do not do well on combination products. Pearl powder (you can get it in a Chinatown or on the web) will help age spots. You can take it internally or mix with oil (I use coconut, sunflower, or sesame)and massage it into your skin. It will make your skin beautiful. It does lots of other things besides help your skin. I asked my Chinese doctor if he had it (for hyperactivity) and he supplied me. Orthodox medicine does not have a clue as to being healthy!!! Katy

POSTED BY KATY :: LOUISIANA USA :: 10/17/2006 11:00 AM


Ilike certified organic skin care has products that are supposed to lighten hyperpigmentation. I have not tried them because I don't have it but someone who does said she has had very good results.

POSTED BY MM :: NEW HAMPSHIRE USA :: 02/10/2009 5:06 AM


Please tell us exactly what she uses....if it is all natural. I really need something as I can no longer go out without covering the dark spots with heavy mineral makeup. I am desperate to get even toned skin....please advise in details. Thanks, Serena.

POSTED BY SERENA :: FLORIDA USA :: 02/11/2009 2:24 PM


Another option that is totally chemical-free is LED light treatment. We sell an LED unit for home use that emits infrared and red LED light. It helps to lighten sun and age spots as well as diminsh wrinkles, normalize moisture in the skin, soften scars, help heal acne, reduce enlarged pores and more. Treatment time is nine minutes for the whole face. It can also be used for relief of pain. See website link below.

POSTED BY LIZ SCHMIDT :: LIGHT 4 BEAUTY :: WWW.LIGHT4BEAUTY.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/17/2009 5:53 AM


I recommend and sell NATURAL SKIN BRIGHTENING COMPLEX by Lotus Moon. We carry both full and trial size. It contains 5% Azelaic and 4% Kojic Acid. Other ingredients include: witch hazel water, usda organic denatured alcohol, water, usda organic glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid, and lavender oil.

It is ideal for blemished induced pigmentation, sun spots, hyper pigmented, and melasma skin types.




POSTED BY JOY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 02/24/2009 6:13 AM


My husband had brown spots all over the side of his neck. One day I looked at it and the spots were noticeably lighter - I was perplexed. After a little research, I found that this is one of the side effects of coconut oil - which we use in our handmade soaps. They are not gone, but he looks much better.

POSTED BY MONICA :: ROSE OF SHARON ACRES :: WWW.ROSEOFSHARONACRES.COM :: TEXAS USA :: 02/24/2009 6:20 AM


I am not familiar with the products mentioned here, but I encourage anyone considering purchasing a beauty product, whether it has medicinal values or not, to check it first in the Cosmetics Database sponsored by the Environmental Working Group. The database has compiled safety information about thousands of ingredients used in these products. I was very surprised to learn that some of my natural and organic products had harmful ingredients in them. It's not perfect (there is safety data lacking for many ingredients, especially plant-based ingredients) but it can help serve as a guide.

POSTED BY ALETA :: EWG COSMETICS DATABASE :: COSMETICSDATABASE.ORG :: OREGON USA :: 02/26/2009 5:22 AM


I agree the "Natural Skin Brightening" from Lotus Moon works well! We carry just about the whole line from Lotus Moon....they're amazing products! The are effective, non-toxic and they smell wonderful!


Kaelen Johnson

Director

Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School
www.pureaestheticstucson.com

POSTED BY KAELEN JOHNSON :: PURE AETHETICS :: WWW.PUREAESTHETICSTUCSON.COM :: ARIZONA USA :: 02/26/2009 5:22 AM


Thanks to those who offered more advise. I am trying my own things here as buying another product is making me rebellious. I am using pearl powder directly on the spots as well as taking it internally morning and night, and it 'seems' when I do use it, it does lighten...I need to be consistent to be sure. The other thing is I came across more literature on pure black seed oil, which I have, and decided to re-read my book about it, and used it right on my face, and that also 'seems' to be working to lighten...time will tell because spots do lighten then darken for unknown reasons. I am also taking 20 drops grapefruit seed extract, GSE, a day when I remember. I don't use sunscreen because I can't stand those chems and it is harmful to block the sun from skin which benefits more from sun than not despite propaganda. I feel the balance must occur within myself to withstand the sun without it getting worse...so the problem is within me, not the sun. I will keep those interested apprised here if you wish....the cure is out there and I will find it. Blessings of beauty, Serena.

POSTED BY SERENA :: FLORIDA USA :: 02/26/2009 10:03 AM


I found Sense products (these are products with no paraben in them!) to be helpful along with photo rejuvenation from lightening to almost diminishing spots.

POSTED BY LINDA SOTO :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/04/2009 9:24 AM


Sunflower oil acts as a natural sunscreen and is high in Vitamin D.

The herb tumeric taken internally will help. It can also be made into a paste and put on the skin. NOTE: It will temporarily discolor the skin so dilute it. It is an outstanding herb for liver health and anti-aging.

POSTED BY KATY HOHMANN :: LOUISIANA USA :: 03/04/2009 9:34 AM


I just successfully removed two sunspots from my face by using Denorex Dandruff Shampoo. Using a cotton swab I apply the shampoo to the spots before going to bed. Next morning the spot is ugly and needs concealer. Takes about a week for the Denorex to burn through the darkened skin. A scab forms and when it peels the new skin under will be light pink. In about a week the skin tone evens out. I have used this method for a number of years.

POSTED BY SHARON :: MISSOURI USA :: 03/09/2009 9:52 PM


I was reading a book recently called "Better Basics for the Home" which has a lot of recipes for skin care in it. The author states that a mixture of pure aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerin used on her skin removed her age spots.

POSTED BY DANA :: OHIO CANADA :: 03/12/2009 4:38 PM


I removed a sun spot from my face with Comfrey Salve (I use the one from For My Kids). I just put it on the spot in the morning before I applied my make-up and at night before going to bed (after washing my face).

POSTED BY CJSTEWART :: FOR MY KIDS, LLC :: WWW.FORMYKIDSONLINE.COM :: TEXAS USA :: 03/16/2009 2:36 PM


Thanks for posts here. But there are 2 different kinds of spots going on. One is age spots, which some remedies can fix. The other is melasma, which is hyper pigmentation which covers a portion of the face....it is different and can be much more disfiguring. I have melasma, and it is about 1/5 of my face...in large brown sections.....not little spots.....it is also more difficult to remove. I have also used Triluna which is in litigation right now I understand, for causing permanent damage to the skin it treated because it is fatally killing something in the skin cell that causes the stubborn melasma to never go away. However, I feel the intelligence of the body is stronger than that, and I will find something to get rid of it. I will try the Denorex...though not excited about that. Thanks Serena.

POSTED BY SERENA :: FLORIDA USA :: 03/17/2009 7:00 AM


Serena -- That Denorex treatment sounds to me like it is peeling away the skin on the spot, and I would be afraid of scarring afterwards. I had a small mole on my shoulder removed by a dermatologist. Now I have a larger white scar there, which looks just as bad as the mole, if not worse! I also had a couple moles removed on my back and now have dark spots where they once were.

A friend of mine has melasma and I know she's tried a number of things that have not been successful. Personally I would keep searching before trying the Denorex treatment. Or at least find out what the active ingredient is in Denorex and check out the side effects. I imagine that Sharon has been removing small spots, and that she probably has skin that does not scar easily.

POSTED BY LIZ SCHMIDT :: LIGHT 4 BEAUTY :: WWW.LIGHT4BEAUTY.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/17/2009 1:46 PM


I am the author of using Denerox Shampoo or any other good dandruff shampoo. Many years ago when I was young I commented to my hairdresser about making an appointment with a dermatologist to get liquid nitrogen treatment on a nickle size age spot located on my temple. She suggested the dandruff shampoo. I used it then and it worked. From time to time I get early actenic keratosis on my face (again about the size of my thumbnail)Clinique has a product that has lightened them but they return in the summer when I am in the sun. Recently I got tired of applying the lightening product and reached for the old tried and true method. Denerox is what I had on hand. I am very fair complexioned and the burn was noticable but once the scab peeled there is hardly any evidence of the keratosis. I would not recommend for widespread pigment issues. Sunspots, aging spots and early actinic keratosis. Sharon of St. Louis, Mo.

POSTED BY SHRON :: MISSOURI USA :: 03/22/2009 8:03 PM


Sharon, I looked online to find the active ingredient in Denorex Dandruff Shampoo and found that they make three dandruff shampoos, all with different active ingredients. Denorex Daily Protection contains 2% pyrithione zinc. Denorex Extra Strength Protection contains salicylic acid. Denorex Therapeutic Protection contains coal tar. Which one has worked for you? Thank you.

POSTED BY PJ :: OREGON USA :: 03/30/2009 7:29 AM


It takes time, but I have a large age spot (it popped up 33 years ago w/my first pregnancy)which has gotten larger and darker w/age (I have a light olive Mediterranean complexion). About a year ago, I started using pure, handmade black soap from either Togo or Ghana and pure shea butter from Ghana: both of the products I order are fair trade products from Africa. It seems to be working better than the chemical I used for a long time 10 years ago ("prescribed" by my esthetician) AND better than lemon juice. My daughter(an esthetician)also suggested vitamin C and licorice root. The black soap and shea butter together have also evened out my complexion.

POSTED BY JANICE :: NEW YORK USA :: 04/03/2009 10:24 AM


I have 2 huge brown spots the size of 50 cent pieces on my forehead because I was on acne meds (menicin I believe) and then went on vacation in HI. and tanned. I have medium skin tone and tried a script from my MD. It didn't work so I am desperate to find something. Considering Denorex, but now I live in HI and am afraid of sun exposure. How long does it take for the scab to go away? Anyone else tried it?

POSTED BY JOELLE :: HAWAII USA :: 04/07/2009 7:45 AM


I just checked my bottle of Denerox. It is Extra Strength Denerox Shampoo (green bottle). Reading the posted comments somone asked how long it takes for the scab to disapper. I apply Deneorx for 3 or 4 nights, maybe 5, skin reaction is a mild blister then scab appears for 2 or 3 days then peels off. I used an exfoilating wash to help speed the skin peeling. I had one keratosis that was pretty dark and about the size of a quarter so this time the process took a little longer than the ones I have treated in the past. I have used a Clinique product and other cosmetic products from time to time. I get tired of applying product for weeks on end. The dandruff shampoo just took care of it inside of two weeks.

POSTED BY SHARON :: MISSOURI USA :: 04/20/2009 2:44 PM


The most wonderful, non toxic line of skin care products that I found are by Origins - but only the line that Dr. Weil formulated with mushrooms -- they come in green bottles. They have a serum, moisturizer, etc. and my age spots have almost disappeared. The mushrooms act a a detoxifier. So, it gets rid of the age spots by detoxifying your skin. It works fast - in a matter of hours, you'll see the age spots lighten up. I use it on my hands also. Just get the serum to start with. It's a little expensive, but lasts a long time.
Barbara

POSTED BY BARBARA :: ARIZONA USA :: 06/25/2009 12:29 PM


Question: So: Where can one find the Origins product formulated by Dr. Weil?

POSTED BY SHARON :: MISSOURI USA :: 06/26/2009 5:38 AM


Debra, Just got this from a customer using our goat milk cream:

Thanks for the great service. I have received my wonderful products. I did want to tell you about a dry flaky spot I had in the winter. Becaue my husband had just had a suspicious "spot" removed I checked with my doctor. He said it was an "age spot" and to get used to getting more of them. I began to apply your goat's milk cream two or three times a day and it has gone away. "Ha!" to the doctor. Thank you for great products. Jill

POSTED BY MONICA SARTIN :: ROSE OF SHARON ACRES :: WWW.ROSEOFSHARONACRES.COM :: TEXAS USA :: 06/26/2009 5:50 AM


This question is for Janice in New York who posted about using black soap from Ghana or Togo and shea butter. What specific ones do you use and where do you get them? Thanks.

POSTED BY MARY C :: ILLINOIS USA :: 07/20/2009 2:18 PM


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